The City of Marianna and Marianna Fire and Rescue recently donated a complete 1991 Fire Engine to the Chipola College Fire Science program. As Chipola Fire Science Coordinator Martin Fowler accepted the keys from Marianna Chief Byron Bennett, Fowler, said, “Engine 43 will greatly compliment the college’s ability to facilitate realistic training on modern equipment thereby making our students competent in an array of fire fighting skills. The aging fire unit was recently made available when stimulus money was awarded to the City for the purchase of a new fire truck.
Chipola Public Service Programs Director Charlie Crawford echoed Fowler’s excitement resulting from the tremendous training enhancement that the new engine will bring. The engine complete with fire apparatus, ladders, lights, generator, water pumps and tanks will be put into service by the college immediately. The unit will still be available to the city in case of emergency. Students in the college Automotive Technology program will maintain the truck engine and drive train.
Workforce Dean Bud Riviere expressed his appreciation to the City of Marianna and to Chief Bennett, saying, “We have developed an excellent, collaborative working relationship with the Marianna Fire Department over the years through the training venue and use of city fire equipment and engines in the Fire Science Program.”
In return for the donation, Chipola pledged five additional annual scholarships for residents of the City of Marianna. The City Commission will make decisions and awards on these scholarships each year.
For information on becoming a fire fighting student, call Chief Martin Fowler at 718-2483.